At a time when knowledge and even intelligence is assailed from all sides, it seems churlish to criticize any network attempt to cater to viewers who want to learn. Equally, it is unfair to criticize a television show after only two episodes. Cosmos, the new program that remakes the Carl Sagan PBS series, and which […]
With a reduced staff, the trio consider The Grand Budapest Hotel, Need for Speed, Better Living Through Chemistry, Burt Lancaster, and Ghibli studio anime, and also give a glance back on the most recent Oscar broadcast.
A collection of aging actors try to save the day – or their careers – in a pair of action films discussed by the team, including Non-Stop, with Liam Neeson, and Three Days to Kill, with Kevin Costner. Another action film on hand is Pompeii, starring Kit Harrington. Marc Mohan focuses on the documentary Afternoon […]
The Portland International Film Fest is ongoing, and this week the team assess the German-Norse political thriller Two Lives, the Australian film about rural Laos, The Rocket, and the Polish post-holocaust film, The Aftermath. Among other releases considered are the middle east political thriller Omar, the Netflix documentary about political upheaval in Egypt, The Square, […]
The Portland International Film Festival is still running strong, and this week the team, in quorum format, discuss the documentary about a secret, unknown photographer, Finding Vivian Maier, plus coverage of RoboCop the remake, and the Chilean drama Gloria. Finally, there is a obit for the late Sid Caesar.
Marc Mohan is back from Sundance, where he enjoy a number of movies, including two documentaries with Portland connections, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, about the Portland Mavericks, and Glena, about a Dalles woman who struggles to become a mixed martial artist. The team also looked at some of the best and also the avoidable PIFF […]
The Portland International Film Festival is upon us, and today’s team reviews a handful of its presentations: The Spanish film The Wishful Thinkers, the Australian-Laos film The Rocket, Cycling with Molierre, The Galapagos Affair, and Maidentrip. On the commercial screens are Labor Day With Kate Winslet, Generation War, the German TV miniseries, and the documentary […]
Marc Mohan is off covering Sundance, but the rest of the gang are here, this week reviewing The Invisible Woman, about the affair between Charles Dickens and a young actress, God Loves Uganda, a documentary about American evangelicals attempting to squelch gay activities in that African country, and finally The Best Offer, the new film […]
Raze is one of the most nihilistic films I’ve seen in a long time. This low budget horror or suspense or martial arts film is the latest in a thematic genre that goes back immediately to the Hostel films, and before that to the teen slasher film inaugurated in America by Halloween and before that […]